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Election results: Americans moving away from extreme politics

Created: 11/06/2013 10:23 AM
By: Tracie Potts, NBC News

(NBC News) -- After the latest round of elections last night, there was no clear direction on which party the nation prefers, but a definite trend away from extreme politics.

A message from the voters -- New York elected its first Democrat in 20 years.

The conservative Republican lost Virginia. "This race came down to the wire because of Obamacare," said Ken Cuccinelli, (R) Attorney General.  

The moderate Republican won New Jersey - with a majority of women, Latinos, a third of Democrats and one out of five African-Americans. "Maybe the folks in Washington, DC should tune in their TVs right now and see how it's done," said Governor Chris Christie, (R) New Jersey.  

As the President heads to Dallas today to push his health plan, the electorate is pushing politics to the middle, but health care remains a central issue.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies again today about the government's troubled website. "The American people do not like Obamacare," said Senate Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

"It just seems to be getting worse and worse and worse," said Senator John Cornyn, (R-Texas).  

The White House is on the defense as millions of Americans get letters cancelling their coverage. "Those letters are only being sent to a fraction, a very small fraction of the population," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

A population telling its politicians to drop the extremes and focus on getting the country back on the right track.


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